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LA Landmarks: The Hollywood Sign

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So many times those of us who live in LA play host to out-of-town visitors who want to see all the sights that our amazing city has to offer. It's pretty routine to get asked if and how one can get up to the iconic Hollywood Sign to see it up close, and, sadly, it must be admitted that the sign is off-limits to regular folk. This means that looky-loos, locals, and pranksters who want to "change" the sign are out of luck (which means Brandon, Brenda, Kelly et al would probably not have been able to drape "W Bev Hi 93" over the sign after all).

Of course, the best view is the intended one--from in the skies or the streets below. Thanks to the Hollywood Sign Trust, the nine letters on the hill known around the world are preserved and tended to, so that we can continue to enjoy it, ignore it, or marvel over its role in LA history.

The history of the sign is fascinating and perfect fodder for urban myths and legends. How much do you know about the sign? Here's some info about the sign that might make you a better tour guide when you're showing off our town.